2020 Takefu Kiku-Ningyo, To Be Held at a Reduced Scale

2020 Takefu Kiku-Ningyo, To Be Held at a Reduced Scale

Focus on Outdoor Exhibits, OSK Performance Suspended

On June 16th, Echizen City’s Takefu Kiku-Ningyo Festival Executive Committee (in Fukui Prefecture) announced that this year’s 2020 Takefu Kiku-Ningyo (sponsored by Fukui Shimbun) will be carried out at a reduced scale. As a preventative measure against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, the indoor events, which carry the risk of the “Three Cs” (Closed spaces, Crowded places, and Close-contact settings), will not take place, and there will be a focus on the outdoor flower exhibitions. The executive office of the Echizen City Prosperity Creation Department stated, “Looking toward the event’s 70th anniversary next year, we wish to provide the local residents an opportunity to gain familiarity with the chrysanthemums.”

The event will take place at the Takefu Central Park, for 31 days from October 9th to November 8th. Chrysanthemums and artwork made with the flowers, arranged and created by various associations and farmers, will be displayed in an outdoor exhibition. Large attractions, such as the Ferris wheel and the Merry-go-round, will only be operated on weekends and holidays. The performances by the popular OSK Nippon Revue has been suspended, but a video message will be posted by the group on their website. “Early Bird Value Tickets”, normally used within the festival as vouchers, will not be sold; business sponsors will also not be sought after.

The following projects are under consideration, depending on how the state of affairs change from hereon: chrysanthemum doll exhibition, local residents’ stage performances, takeout-focused food corner, and a talk show hosted by members of OSK.

All 23 members of the executive committee voted in favour of the resolution.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1105966

Fukui Phoenix Festival, Suspended due to COVID-19

Fukui Phoenix Festival, Suspended due to COVID-19

Fukui City, After the Suspension of its Spring Festival

On April 28th, the Fukui Phoenix Festival Executive Committee (in Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture) disclosed to media associates that this summer’s festival has been suspended, due to the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This is the second time the event has been suspended, since the heavy rain that occurred in 2004.

This summer’s festival was scheduled for July 31st to August 2nd. The festival has three main events, with the Fukui Phoenix Fireworks on the first day, the “Folk Dance-YOSAKOI ICCHORAI” on the second day, and “The March for One Million People” on the final day. The marching event was to take place along Chuo-Odori in front of JR Fukui Station West Gate, instead of the Fukui Velodrome, where it usually took place every year.

The Fukui Phoenix Festival first began in 1954, as an event to signify the region’s desire for further development, as well as its revival from the Bombing of Fukui in World War II and the 1948 Fukui Earthquake. During the festival’s three events last summer, there were over 140,000 visitors.

Along with the suspension of the spring’s Fukui Sakura Festival, this year has resulted in two of the city’s biggest events not taking place.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1077556